Review | Evoc Neo Protector 16L Backpack

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Hannah reviews the EVOC Neo – A Backpack With Protection.

I’m a fan of having a back pack on – I like having something between my back and the ground when I crash. Yes, I mean when I crash. I seem to have developed something of a habit of tucking and rolling as I fall – meaning having a backpack on gives a useful layer of protection. Better than just any old backpack, then, is one with a built in back protector. Which is what we have here.

Evoc Neo Protector
Room for everything for most rides.

It’s a fairly heavy pack – before you’ve loaded it up with anything, it’s got a heft to it (1.65kg/3.64lbs without a bladder). It does squash down nice and flat though, and you can use the helmet carrying straps to compress the pack. There’s a main internal section with simple pouch for a bladder (not included), and a small mesh zipper pocket for easy access to valuables.

Evoc Neo Protector
Pockets open right out for easy access.

Behind the front helmet stow area, there’s another pocket that opens out completely to reveal two opaque family flat plastic zipped pouches – handy for first aid materials – and a series of stretchy pockets, including two elasticated loops for holding a pump. There’s plenty of room here for all the tools you could need, plus maybe a snack bar or two.

I like the space for a pump. Handy.

Elsewhere, there’s fleece lined pocket on the top of the bag, which has a couple more stretchy pockets in it. Both sides of the pack have a stretchy mesh pocket big enough for a woolly hat, pair of gloves or small emergency shelter, The left hip strap has a tother stretchy pocket – such as you might shove wrappers into mid race – and the right has a small zipped pocket – for a multi tool perhaps? Since the pocket is on the outside of a padded section, you shouldn’t need to worry about landing on it.

These hip strap pockets are on the outside of what it quite a substantial waist strap – with starts off with two padded ears, then joins into a large Velcro-like waist band over which you click another buckled strap into place. The upper part of the bag is secured by a chest strap which joins the two padded shoulders straps together and stops them slipping sideways on your shoulders.

Lastly, there’s the back protector itself. Rubbery and with plenty of ventilation, it stands away from the back of the pack, allowing a good degree of airflow. It will also be replaced for free under Evoc’s crash replacement scheme, should you need it.

Evoc Neo Protector
The back protector element is under a crash replacement scheme.

On The Trail

Evoc Neo Protector 16L whistle
The chest strap has a whistle on it.

 

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Review Info

Brand:Evoc
Product:Neo Protector 16L
From:www.zyrofisher.co.uk
Price:£229.99
Tested:by Hannah for 2 months

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (3)

    I’m a fan of Evoc protector backpacks, but wow, this one pushes the price envelope somewhat!

    Especially as the 2 linked adverts (wiggle and CRC) both show it as £385 on my phone

    Yeeesh! Makes my £50 Evoc look even better!!!!!!!!!!!!! By a country mile price wise!

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